Is CNN Operative Jim Acosta the New Helen Thomas? Acosta Gets KO’d in the First Round by Trump White House’s Top Policy Advisor, Stephen Miller, at August 2 Press Briefing
CNN Operative Jim Acosta tried to hijack the August 2 White House press briefing, but instead blindly walked right into the intellectual equivalent of a counter-insurgency action
Jim Acosta to Stephen Miller: “Are they just going to bring in people from Great Britain and Australia?”
Acosta: “You’re trying to engineer a racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.”
“The Statue of Liberty has always stood for to the world to send people to this country.” [Garbled, due to cross-talk.]
Stephen Miller: “Jim, I appreciate your speech, so let’s talk about this. In 1970, when we let in 300,000, did that violate your Statue of Liberty Law of the land?”
N.S.: Miller was mocking Acosta, who like his lefty colleagues and many Republicans, acts as if the Statue of Liberty were the Statue of Immigration. There is, of course, no such law, but try telling Acosta, et al., that.
Note that President Trump has not only the right, but a solemn duty “to engineer a racial and ethnic flow of people into this country,” but the Open Borders Menace has so perverted public opinion that no public figure can say that anymore.
However, the really weird thing about such smug moral certainty is that the operating “morality” is what I call evilism. Evilists fight on behalf of colored cut-throats, homosexuals, anti-white racists, sexual psychotics, etc. They never fight on behalf of the virtuous.
To get back to the “prizefight,” it was like watching a world champion heavyweight go up against a flyweight. Stephen Miller is brilliant, while Jim Acosta … isn’t. Watching Acosta attempt to bushwhack Miller was like watching Tucker Carlson. Every night, Carlson invites gasbags from the racial socialist alliance on his show to promote their genocidal agenda, and every night he knocks them out about as quickly as Miller knocked out Acosta. Carlson is brilliant, and extremely quick on his feet (quicker than yours truly). The points he makes are so close to our hearts out here in the stix, that it’s as if he had hidden mikes in the house, and sensors in our brains.
Yet there’s still more layers to the Acosta vs. Miller bout.
Acosta thought he was going to set up Miller, but it was Miller who had set up Acosta.
The press conference was over, but Acosta hadn’t yet had his shot at Miller, and so Miller extended it just for Acosta. He knew what Acosta was going to say, and he was ready.
Jim Acosta was not acting as a reporter, but as an editorialist, and an incompetent one, at that.
(Mind you, I did not get on the early, anti-Acosta bandwagon, in response to then-President-elect Trump’s refusal to take a question from Acosta at a January 11 press conference. Trumpists reacted with stupid, blind partisanship, condemning Acosta for his “rudeness,” when he persisted in shouting his question to Trump. If you consider reporters doing their jobs “rude,” then don’t watch the news, because you don’t want reporting. However, Acosta has long since ceased being a reporter.)
There’s nothing wrong with being an editorialist or columnist—I’ve done it, on and off, for 37 years—if you know what you’re doing, and you do it above board. It’s also possible to do opinion journalism, in which one combines facts and opinion. However, White House press conferences and briefings have always purportedly been limited to non-opinion reporters.
“The New York Times said in its story about her  resignation that two sets of rules applied to reporters covering the president: ‘those for the regular White House correspondents, and those for Helen Thomas.’”
By the time Bush II was inaugurated, Thomas wasn’t even nominally a reporter. She had quit UPI in 2000, and been hired by Hearst as an opinion columnist, yet no one had the nerve to tell a woman that she was breaking the rules.
In 2010, Thomas was finally forced to resign, after she’d lectured a rabbi who was filming her that the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland and Germany (idem).
And so, now we have Jim Acosta taking over the role of Helen Thomas.
Award-winning, New York-based freelancer Nicholas Stix founded A Different Drummer magazine (1989-93). Stix has written for Die Suedwest Presse, New York Daily News, New York Post, Newsday, Middle American News, Toogood Reports, Insight, Chronicles, the American Enterprise, Campus Reports, VDARE, the Weekly Standard, Front Page Magazine, Ideas on Liberty, National Review Online and the Illinois Leader. His column also appears at Men's News Daily, MichNews, Intellectual Conservative, Enter Stage Right and OpinioNet. Stix has studied at colleges and universities on two continents, and earned a couple of sheepskins, but he asks that the reader not hold that against him. His day jobs have included washing pots, building Daimler-Benzes on the assembly-line, tackling shoplifters and teaching college, but his favorite job was changing his son's diapers.